The Peril of Compromise

My friend (and occasional former boss at LEO) Rep. John Yarmuth has a letter in today’s Courier-Journal stressing his desire for more compromise in Congress. In it, he praises his colleague, House Speaker John Boehner, but implores him to give some ground on some of his views rooted in ideology, particularly those ideological commitments that…

Rewarding Failure: The rubber-stamping of Kentucky superintendent evaluations

  Rewarding Failure is a commentary released by the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions discussing the broken process of evaluating school district superintendents in Kentucky. Four districts – Jefferson, Knox, Carter and Newport Independent – are profiled with copies of their actual performance evaluations. Full commentary in PDF Summary rub-ber-stamp [ruhb-er-stamp] -verb (used with object) 1. To imprint with a rubber stamp. 2. To give approval automatically…

NKAPC stonewalls institute’s open-records request to find out more about bloated agency’s finances

The bloated Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission doesn’t seem overjoyed with the Bluegrass Institute’s request last week to find out more about how it records its finances. An open-records request was filed by Logan Morford, the institute’s vice president of transparency. Lori Remley, NKAPC’s administrative assistant, responded with the generally helpful spirit of your typical…

Man in the mirror: Change your ways

Now would be a good time for those charged with educating and leading our nation’s young people to take a good, long look in the mirror and reevaluate their priorities and practices. It’s not enough for leaders in our educational system – whether iconic coaches of powerhouse football programs or local superintendents and the school boards who employ them – to…